The Davidson Planning board meets Monday, Jan. 28, with an agenda that includes discussion and possible recommendations on signage for MSC Industrial Direct and a master plan for the Davidson Retirement Residence in the Exit 30 area. The board also will review plans for a “pocket neighborhood” on Delburg Street. The meeting begins at 7pm at Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main St., Davidson.
The board is being asked to make recommendations to the Town Board on the MSC signage and retirement residence project. Both come with the endorsement of the town Planning Staff, though with some conditions. The requests then would go to the Town Board for final approval.
Melville, N.Y.-based MSC is building a $31 million headquarters off I-77 Exit 30 in Davidson, where it eventually could have 400 employees. The company has requested approval for signage on the site, off Harbor Place Drive. The planning staff says it “would support” an internally-illuminated sign on the building’s I-77 side as well as other proposed ground-mounted signs, as long as they’re not internally lit, and are not larger than other signs at nearby Homewood Suites and Harbour Place.
Hawthorn Retirement Group of Vancouver, Wash., is seeking conditional rezoning to allow a four-story retirement residence on 4.25 acres at the end of Peninsula Drive, on Lake Cornelius. The building would have 125,000 square feet and 120 suites. The planning staff is recommending approval, with several conditions: creating an affordable housing program, establishing public art on the site, contributing to the development of Parham Park, and incluidng a minimum 50’ buffer with public trail at the point of the peninsula into Lake Cornelius.
The Delburg Street Infill project is up for discussion only. Developer Rodney Graham wants to build a “pocket neighborhood” of 16 houses on 2.81 acres. In its analysis, the town planning staff says the project does not require Planning Board approval since it is allowed “by right,” and must be approved by staff only. In its analysis, the staff says “the concept is in keeping with the spirit and intent of the ordinance. The developer and design team will still need to address a number of technical details to come in conformance with all applicable design standards.”
The board also will get an update on building permit activity and a report from planning manager Ben McCrary.
The board also will welcome new members David Batty, Beth Cashion, John Kennedy, Mike Minett, and Mickey Pettus and give certificates of appreciation to departing members Autumn Rierson Michael and Vince Winegardner.
Jan. 28, 2013, Davidson Planning Board agenda
Davidson planning staff analysis and recommendation on MSC signs
Here’s the town website page with background on the MSC project
Davidson Retirement Residence staff analysis, site plan and other information on the town website.
Delburg Street infill project site plan.
Delburg Street infill information page on the town website.
Oct. 29, 2012, DavidsonNews.net, “Developer plans Delburg St. ‘pocket neighborhood”